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Anomalies charged in México state, Coahuila

Close election races produce calls for nullifying vote and recounts

Post-election tensions are rising in Coahuila as candidates allege anomalies in the governor’s election held Sunday, but the president of the state’s Electoral Institute says they do not constitute cause to annul the vote.


Preliminary results show Institutional Revolution Party (PRI) candidate Miguel Ángel Riquelme leading the National Action Party’s (PAN) Guillermo Anaya by a margin of 1.5% based on 72% of the vote.

But Anaya and four other candidates fronted a press conference in which they presented video evidence that they believe calls the impartiality of the election into doubt.

Some footage shows unsecured electoral packets arriving at counting stations having been previously opened while other videos demonstrate the alleged theft and destruction of ballot boxes.

Anaya has called for the election to be annulled.

National Electoral Institute president Lorenzo Córdova has also spoken out about the state’s counting of the preliminary results, admitting that they showed “atypical behavior.” Still, he remains confident that the counting system allows for scrutiny and analysis if problems are detected.

However, Gabriela de León Farías, who heads the state’s Electoral Institute, says she sees no reason to rescind the vote “because the principle of certainty has not been broken.”


“Nearly 93% of electoral packets have been recounted which gives a lot of certainty to this result,” she told the newspaper Reforma.

Meanwhile, the State of México is also facing controversy in the aftermath of its gubernatorial election.

Pedro Zamudio, the head of its Electoral Institute, the IIEM, has come under fire from IIEM councilors as well as the INE president for reducing the number of electoral packets that will be recounted.

The number of packets approved to be opened for recount by the IIEM was 3,189 despite the institute’s results system indicating there was cause to recount 5,204.

Counscilors have asked Zamudio to provide a report detailing his motives for the reduced recount across 45 districts.

“Why such a big difference?” one official asked. “If I remember correctly, that’s a reduction of 44%.”

Federal elections chief Córdova also questioned Zamudio’s actions.

“Maximum openings are advisable . . . if there is any kind of doubt they can and must be recounted. We’ve seen strange attitudes from some presidents of local organizations especially in the State of México.”

The leader of Morena, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has also called for a recount in the State of México after his candidate, Delfina Gómez, was beaten by the incumbent PRI in a close vote.

Source: Reforma (sp), Milenio (sp), Animal Politico (sp)

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  • K. Chris C.

    More “voting” theater to further inculcate, brainwash, the sheeple with the idea that their “vote counts.” And if the institution of those standing for “election” is criminal, voting then is criminal complicity. It would be like voting for the local Mafia/cartel “Godfather.”

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • csb4546

    “Irregularities” in the vote count? A truly shocking development – and totally unexpected.
    Appoint a special commission, and begin the 5-year vote-count investigation immediately.
    Time is of the essence – “preliminary” reports will be due in 2023, with a final report to be released in 2025.
    Another commission will be responsible for analyzing the final report and will make recommendations by 2030.
    It’s hoped that national election reform can begin by 2035 – it’s considered a top government priority.

  • Güerito

    Mexico Elections: PRI’s Pyrrhic Victory in the State of Mexico:

    “In these elections the PRI of the State of Mexico took advantage of all of the elements they had accumulated in their bag of dirty tricks as a party that was not created for democracy and that has maintained the dominion of that state for 88 years. It has remained a formidable machine, organized like a military, in order to effectively buy votes (for up to two thousand pesos [US$100], the promise of deposits to distributed debit cards after their victory, annoying calls at midnight in the name of an adversary, visits by every federal official and an outpouring of social program spending in areas with the highest concentration of voters in urgent need of aid, such as groceries, domestic appliances and more. The PRI not only has control of the local and federal government but also all the judicial structures (prosecutors and judges) to neutralize complaints from the opposition, etc.

    The proper functioning of the PRI system requires maintaining a large area of poverty because it is precisely there that it finds and organizes the clientele that it can mobilize to vote or be present when the government needs masses of subjects, not citizens. In the State of Mexico, there is poverty in abundance. According to government figures in 2014, 49.6% of the residents of the State of Mexico are classified as poor. This poverty is the means par excellence, where the PRI takes like a duck to water.

    The PRI in the State of Mexico reimposed its style, but its foundation has eroded notably. If this party won for itself 33% of the votes (1,955,347) out of a total of votes cast that represents only 52.5% of registered voters, it means that it only has the backing of 17.6% of the electorate. In the previous election (2011), the PRI managed to win a victory with 64.97% of the votes, that is 3,018,588. Today, despite the offensive quantity of money invested, they had a loss of 1.06 million votes. As Pirro said almost 2,300 years ago when he defeated the Romans at the cost of enormous losses, “Another victory like this, and I will return home alone.”’

  • csb4546

    Whomever eventually wins these fake “elections”, we can be sure that Mexican citizens will always be the losers.